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Donald P. Lubell


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Donald P. Lubell Obituary
July 23, 1929 - May 15, 2016 Don Lubell was a corporate lawyer who negotiated financing of many large real estate developments throughout the West, including the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara. He ended his career as Chief Counsel for First Nationwide Bank. A native of Toledo, Ohio, he moved to California in 1960 with his wife, Lois, and young family, without any job, and quickly became involved in the booming Southern California real estate market working for a title insurance company. Later, he worked at Great Western Savings, then moved on to Citizen Savings where he rose to become Chief Counsel as it changed its name to First Nationwide Bank. A devoted family man, he raised four boys with Lois. Their home became a landing spot for family from Pennsylvania, helping many relatives to move to California and make a new life here. In retirement with Lois, he raised Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, and one of their dogs won best of breed in the Westminster Dog show. He also volunteered with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) where he helped immigrants learn English. He traveled the world with Lois, a travel agent, visiting countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. He loved music, and studied history his whole life. The bookshelf in his last room had titles on George Washington and James Madison. He studied at the University of Toledo, and earned his JD at the University of Cincinnati. His wife, Lois, died in 1994. He is survived by sons, Bradford (Deborah), Dean (Eileen), Scott (Shelly) and Keith (Serena) Lubell, 13 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 3 to June 5, 2016
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